Category Archives: Soup

Hearty Italian Soup

Hearty Italian SoupA couple of months ago Southern Living posted 10 or 12 soup recipes that we all should have in our freezer when we don’t have time to cook or  we just don’t feel like it.   Then like magic we can just pull it out and presto dinner is served.  I have started cooking them now that the temperature is cooler.  Ha!  It was 80 on Christmas , but  I am a soup lover no matter what season of the year and no matter what the temperature is outside. I have made this particular soup 4 times and it has not made it to my freezer yet!   We love it!  It is full of flavor and packed with some really good stuff.  I guess I’m going to be forced to go out and buy a larger pan so that I can double the recipe.  I think that will be the only way to have some of this good stuff land in my freezer.

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Homemade Parmesan Croutons

Homemade Croutons

Here is a way to amp up your next salad or soup with these wonderful homemade Parmesan Croutons.  Oh my Gosh!  Crunchy bread seasoned with Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper it’s the best ever.    I could not believe how easy they were and how good the result was.  Next time you are making  a salad try these and see what everyone says.  I can bet it is “wow these are great!”

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Thai Chicken Soup

Thai Chicken Soup

Paris we are with you!

The weather is getting cooler so you’re going to  need some new soup recipes to pull out and this one is a winner.  I really mean that it is an A+ guaranteed to knock your socks off recipe!  I had something like this in Carrollton at Highlands Deli and could not stop thinking about then lo and behold Kathy from Noble Pig posted this recipe.  It is to die for.  I have made it at least 5 times and slurped it all up by myself.  Delish!

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Butternut Squash Soup

Squash Soup

 

I can count the number of times on one hand that I’ve cooked or eaten butternut squash.  Someone should have introduced me to this jewel of a soup a long time ago.  I will be making this many times!     It’s amazing both hot or cold. It’s restaurant good.

Sonja one of my fellow teachers, loves to cook.  She and I share recipes and this is one of hers.   I knew it was a hit when her son brought a cup of it to school for his girlfriend to taste.  When does that ever happen?

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Corn Chowder

/Corn chowder

I woke up this morning and found snow on my deck. That’s just wrong for March.  Isn’t spring just around the corner?  Well, anyway it is a good excuse to make this wonderful corn chowder from Katie Workman.  I just love this cookbook that I purchased at our school book fair this year.  It is filled with easy and scrumptious recipes that the whole family will enjoy.  Even if you’ve got some picky eaters in your midst she handles that, too.

Good stuff!

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Portuguese Kale and Potato Soup

Never in a million years would I have made this soup except for the fact that a huge bag of kale arrived in my CSA box.  I’ve cooked kale before, but I have never had results like this.  I just cannot gush enough about this soup!  I am just loving the collection of  recipes in Gourmet Quick Kitchen.  I have not been disappointed in any of the recipes so far!  And this is one of the best soups ever!

Start to finish it takes 45 minutes and that includes removing the ribs from a pound of kale.  But, it has one small catch.  Don’t plan to serve it until the next day.  The flavors need 24 hours to come together.  This broth has a surprising amount of depth to it especially considering the small number of ingredients.  It’s close to a French onion without the beef broth.  In fact, water is the only liquid.

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Shrimp and Corn Chowder with Fennel

Soup and chowder are a favorite of mine for several reasons.  A bowl of soup on a cold day just feels good.  A thick creamy chowder is so satisfying.  Best of all they are better the next day. This one is no exception.  It’s easy and great for a weeknight.  Those of you that have never cooked with fennel should try it.  And another thing leeks are so good.  I never knew they were so good.  Where have I been?  Deb an English teacher at my school gave me the lowdown on leeks.  I’m sold now.   Just trust me on this, try the leeks and the fennel. You can thank me later. Then add to the pot potatoes, shrimp and corn.  What else would you need?  Just a little fresh parsley and the juice of a lemon to make the flavors pop.

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Kale and Potato Soup

Ten years ago I didn’t know what kale was. And for sure had never eaten it.   Having fresh vegetables delivered weekly has opened up a whole new chapter in my  food life.   If you can you should subscribe to a CSA in your area for more reasons than just eating fresh vegetables that are good for you.  I have been on the receiving end of these great deliveries for four years and I can tell you that I have prepared foods that would have never entered my kitchen.  It has been a wonderful experience.  I love the fact that I am supporting the local farmers in our area, but I am amazed at how much I have learned about produce and how to prepare it.  I am proud to be a part of  farm to table.  Please participate if you can.  You will be rewarded in more ways than you ever imagined.   Now to the recipe. Continue reading

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Top 10 Posts for 2010

BON APPETIT!!!

For the past two weeks I have not posted as often as I wanted to, but for a good reason.  The Athlete has been home for the last ten days and I just wanted to spend as much time with him as I possibly could. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen and will be sharing some really good recipes with you in the coming weeks.  For you to enjoy I have composed the top ten posts that were viewed this year.  I was so surprised at the #1 post! By the way the top photo is my favorite dessert of 2010.  Happy New Year to all of you! 

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Potato Soup

I love potatoes, bacon, and cheese.  I love my slow cooker, too!  Together this is one of my favorite soups.  It literally fell in my mailbox in 1993.  It was in one of those magazines they send to everyone.  You know one of those that they want you to subscribe to for the rest of your life.  And I fall for that kind of marketing every time especially when the recipes look so good!  Since 1993  this magazine has grown in popularity, but for me the premiere issue brought to me the best and easiest potato soup ever.   Dotty Egge from Minnesota submitted her recipe for No Fuss Potato Soup to Taste of Home and it has been served at my table literally hundreds of times.  I love coming home from work and opening the door to the aroma of this soup, especially if it is a brisk day.  It just hits the spot. 

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